When I was in primary school we sometimes played ‘Chasing’ during PE Class.
It was a simple game where you had to run and catch your friends, but it was much harder than it looked. I’d charge at a group of my classmates and they would scatter, and though I got close to one or two of them, I’d end up catching no one. My friends didn’t have much joy either.
But there was this one boy in our class who was much better at it than the rest of us. And it was hard to figure out why he was so good, because he wasn’t faster than the rest of us. He wasn’t more athletic than the rest of us.
At the end of the class our teacher called us together. “Do you know why Peter was able to catch people, and the rest of you weren’t?” she said. “You rushed into things without a plan, while Peter decided before he did anything who he was going after. Then he ignored everyone else and went after that person until he caught him.”
I’ve often thought about that lesson, and it’s often helped me to complete things when I’m overwhelmed with too many things to do. And it reminds me of a story Jesus once told his followers.
“The kingdom of heaven”, he said, “is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” *
When we’re going after the ultimate prize, which is true happiness and union with Jesus, we can’t afford to be in two minds.
* Matthew 13:45-46